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Friday, June 14, 2024

Reliable, Secure & Efficient File Server Migrations With CopyRight2

Use our file server migration tool CopyRight2 to easily migrate file shares, files, folders, NTFS permissions, groups & users with passwords. Free Trial!

Reliable, Secure & Efficient File Server Migrations

CopyRight2 is Sys-Manage's file server migration tool enabling you to easily migrate network file shares, files, folders, NTFS and share permissions, group and user accounts (including passwords) from source servers to destination servers, storage solutions or the cloud.
The source and target file servers can be domain members, domain controllers or systems configured for workgroup mode.

File Server

Copy Shared Folders & Share Permissions

Our solution migrates shared folders including their share level permissions from source to target file server or NAS storage solution.

Migration of NTFS Permissions & Inheritance

CopyRight2 migrates NTFS permissions and inheritance by default. You can configure a data migration job to optionally inherit from the target folder's parent instead. It migrates the permissions (DACL), auditing information (SACL), the file/folder owner and additionally the group owner. The group owner is not visible in Windows explorer and used by the POSIX subsystem.


The DACL is the list of accounts having permissions for a file or folder.


The SACL is the list of accounts configured for auditing of a file or folder.


The owner of a file or folder is initially set to the account creating the object.


The default setting of a "Data Migration" job will preserve the inheritance of the specified source folder(s) on the target. If the source folder(s) had inheritance enabled, the copied target folder(s) will inherit NTFS permissions from their corresponding parent folders.

Enable or Disable

Optionally disable or enable inheritance for the target folder(s) in the copy job's settings to configure inheritance independently from the current inheritance settings of the specified source folder(s).

Convert Inherited
Into Explicit ACEs

If disabling inheritance in your copy job settings you can additionally convert any access control entries (ACEs) that were inherited from parent folders of the specified source folder(s) into explicit (not inherited) access control entries on the target.

Bypass NTFS Permissions

CopyRight2 can bypass NTFS permissions, for example if your source system has permissions configured restricting access to specific users or groups, preventing Administrators from accessing the data during the data migration.

Migrate From Other Domains, Domain Members and Workgroup Systems

CopyRight2 supports migrations within the same domain or across domain boundaries, for example in case of mergers and acquisitions or IT restructuring purposes. Additionally it can migrate local accounts from domain member computers and workgroup configured systems to the domain for increased security and easier management.

Copy Engine

The data migration engine is based on a modern architecture using multi-threading and asynchronous I/O in order to maximize throughput.

Multi-Threaded Algorithm

The copy engine uses multi-threading for maximum performance and to saturate the network connection. You can adjust the number of threads in your copy job's settings.

Asynchronous I/O

Asynchronous I/O ensures that disk channels of RAID volumes are fully used by performing multiple read and write operations in parallel.

Optional Bandwidth Limit

Optionally limit the bandwidth used by the data transfer, for example if performing a pre-cut-over copy, while users are still working.

Hash Validation of Copied Data

CopyRight2's unique possibility to validate the integrity of migrated files using a variety of different hash algorithms (MD4, MD5, RIPEMD, SHA1, SHA2, SHA3) ensures your valuable data remains intact. No information is corrupted or lost during the transmission.

No Downtime for Mission Critical Data

Use the real-time synchronization feature to eliminate user downtime traditionally associated with data migrations during the cut-over phase. You can either leave the software running, to continuously replicate critical data or even halt it and resume the synchronization at a later time without having to traverse the directory tree again. Traditional methods spend a significant amount of time for the final copy phase if there is a huge number of files to migrate, even if the data has been previously copied and all existing files are skipped.

Optimized for Low Bandwidth & High Latency WAN Connections

A built-in block level protocol optionally allows byte level synchronization over high latency WAN connections, for example to migrate to your hosting provider, the cloud or between separate clouds.

Locked File Migration

CopyRight2 optionally supports Windows volume shadow copy (VSS) feature. If enabled it will create a snapshot at the beginning of a data migration job's execution and use the snapshot as the source to evade locked files. Alternatively you can configure CopyRight2 to skip locked files and report any skipped files in the log file and the log file's footer section.

Migration of All File System Properties & Attributes

Migrate all properties & attributes of files and folders, including encryption, compression, time stamps, reparse points and hard links.

Migration of Compression & Encryption Attributes

CopyRight2 migrates the compression and encryption attributes by default. If files are encrypted, the program does not need to decrypt the data. User accounts, with the corresponding key, will be able to access their data after the migration the same way they did before the migration took place.

Long File Names and Deep Paths

CopyRight2 supports file and folder names of up to 255 and paths of up to 32,768 characters. Those are the technical limits imposed by Windows®. That means that running into some deep paths will not stop your migration from succeeding.

Preserve Timestamps

CopyRight2 migrates the creation time, the last modification time and the last time accessed time stamps of files and folders.

Reparse Points

CopyRight2 migrates NTFS reparse points, sometimes referred to as junction points or symbolic links. You can control separately how to treat reparse points pointing outside or to the inside of folders specified as your source. If a reparse point, is referring to a folder that is part of the data migration job, it can update the location the reparse point points to accordingly.


CopyRight2 can optionally migrate NTFS hardlinks. Hardlinks are for example used by Windows WinSxS folder to store the same DLLs under different names and paths.

Archiving Solutions

CopyRight2 supports archiving solutions such as Veritas Enterprise Vault or Tivoli Storage Manager. Those archiving solutions usually replace files, based on rules that haven't been used for a specified time and replace them with reparse points that allows to transparently retrieve the data if needed from archive storage.

Used NTFS Compression on Your Old System?

CopyRight2 can optionally remove the compression attribute either on-the-fly, while migrating data or in-place without moving data. NTFS compression is often used if systems are running out of disk space to prevent a negative user experience. Removing it will ensure that the target systems, usually having enough disk space, perform at maximum speed.


You can run CopyRight2 interactively on the source, the target or a 3rd computer. It is integrated with Windows Task Scheduler, so you can schedule it to run in the background to synchronize the target at a specified interval. In case of larger scale migrations, with hundreds of systems to migrate, you can use CopyRight2's template based rollout planning feature to deploy, control and monitor the migration process from a central location. All features are accessible through CopyRight2's command line interface if you should prefer scripting.

Background Execution of Scheduled Jobs

Configure jobs to run scheduled at a specified interval and in the background when no one is logged on to the system.

Email Notifications and Event Log Reporting

Jobs can optionally send out notifications by email or report to the Windows® event log upon success or failure.

Rollout Planning

Use CopyRight2's template based rollout planning feature to centrally control and monitor larger scale migrations.


CopyRight2 is proven to scale well from a single server or NAS data migration to migration projects spanning hundreds of systems.

The rollout planning feature reduces efforts required to track progress by providing you with an overview and the ability to initiate and view the status of each system's migration from a central location. It has been used by customers for the migration of Active Directory environments with more than 300 domains and domains having more than 60k users and 500k group objects.

File Server and NAS Consolidation

CopyRight2 has features built-in facilitating consolidation scenarios where multiple source file servers or NAS systems get migrated to lower quantity of target systems. This enables a reduction in hardware, maintenance and software license costs.

Prefix/Suffix for Account Names

You can define a prefix or suffix per object type to prevent naming conflicts among user and group names. If a source group is for example called "Accounting" and you define a prefix "S01_" the resulting migrated group will be called "S01_Accounting".

Prefix/Suffix for Share Names

Just like the ability to define a prefix or a suffix for account names you can define one for file shares as well to generate unique file share names. If a file share on the source system is called "Marketing" and you define a prefix "S01_" the migrated file share will be called "S01_Marketing" on the target.

Migrate Share-By-Share With DFS

Use Microsoft's distributed file system (DFS) to migrate even the biggest file servers or storage systems share-by-share, while transparently maintaining access to the original UNC namespace.
Either use your existing DFS installation or utilize a "DFS Share Consolidation" job to populate a new DFS server with your existing network file shares automatically.
CopyRight2 supports domain-based and stand-alone DFS configurations. For higher availability you can install a stand-alone configured DFS as a clustered resource.

Consolidate  Old Server Names Using DFS

CopyRight2 additionally supports the scenario where you move the DNS and NetBIOS names of the source file servers to your DFS configuration. This allows you to maintain the original UNC namespaces while gaining the flexibility to shift the data around during migrations without user impact.

Offline Migration for Disconnected Systems

If necessary, the offline migration feature, allows migrations of data and accounts between systems not physically connected. You can export users, groups, file shares and data along with NTFS and file share permissions into files and import those on the target side at a later time.

User and Group Account Migration

Additionally CopyRight2 can migrate user and group accounts, required to migrate NTFS and share level permissions in-tact so you do not get the "Account Unknown" error along with the original SID the account had on the source system or the source domain.

Migrate Users and Groups

Migrate local and domain accounts including all properties and attributes between source and target systems. The Password Migration Add-On additionally allows the migration of user passwords.

AGLP to AGDLP Migration

Optionally switch from an AGLP RBAC model (Account Global -> server Local group -> Permission) to AGDLP (Account Global -> Domain Local group -> Permissions) by migrating server local accounts automatically to the domain.

Workgroup to Domain Member Migration

Migrate your source system configured for workgroup mode to a target system that is configured as a domain member for increased security and easier management.

Migrate Across Domain Boundaries

Easily migrate between systems that are members in different domains.

Migrate Accounts Automatically

Simply migrate accounts during the data migration. CopyRight2 will migrate all accounts that are either directly or indirectly referenced in permissions.

Migrate Accounts in Two Steps

Optionally migrate in a two step approach. Migrate accounts first with a "User and Group Migration" job, followed by a "Data Migration" job copying data and permissions.

Intuitive GUI

CopyRight2 GUI

The intuitive graphical user interface enables you to instantly create a copy job for a file server migration, by simply selecting the source and destination folders or entire drives. Or define a computer or Active Directory scan job to gather live data for planning purposes in the format of your choice (Text, Microsoft Access, Microsoft SQL Server).
All jobs created with the GUI can be run unattended and at a chosen date and time or specified interval by relying on its integrated scheduling abilities.

Supported Platforms

CopyRight2 supports all Microsoft operating systems beginning with Windows® 2000 up to Windows® 2022 (32-Bit and 64-Bit), Windows® cluster services and storage solutions such as NetApp®, EMC®, Hitachi® HNAS & HDI, Synology®, Nutanix®, NetGear® ReadyNAS, TrueNAS, FreeNAS and Linux. Additionally it supports Azure Storage accounts and Active Directory implementations running on Linux, for example Synology's Directory Server or Univention Corporate Server.

Windows® 2000 up to 2022

CopyRight2 is certified for Windows® 2000 Server up to Windows® 2019 and supports the new Windows® 2022 version.

Windows® Cluster Services

It supports cluster services and will create cluster file share resources if migrating to a Windows® cluster.

NAS Storage Solutions

CopyRight2 supports NetApp®, EMC®, Hitachi®, Synology®, ReadyNAS®, TrueNAS® and other Linux Samba based solutions as source and target of your storage migration.

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Frequently Asked Questions

You can find answers to the most frequently asked technical and licensing questions below. Please let us know in case of any remaining questions you may have and we will answer them as quickly as possible.

  • Technical
  • Licensing

Does it satisfy my migration's requirements?

To put it short. Yes. In more detail, it supports:
  • File server, Active Directory and IIS HTTP/FTP server migrations.
  • Migrations between systems configured for workgroup mode, as domain members or domain controllers and any possible combination of those, for example from a system configured for workgroup mode to a domain member.
  • Migrations within the same or across different domains, with/without trust relationships and with/without sidHistory.
  • Windows® servers (certified for Windows® 2000 up to Windows® 2019) and a wide variety of network attached storage (NAS) solutions, such as NetApp®, EMC®, Hitachi®, Synology®, Linux Samba and more as source and target.
  • Consolidations, for example a migration from 2 source systems onto 1 target system, including methods to resolve naming conflicts.
  • Windows® cluster services as source and/or target.
  • LAN/MAN/WAN migration scenarios.
  • Offline migrations, where source and target are not connected at all.
  • Large scale migration scenarios using the built-in rollout planning feature.
  • For MAN/WAN scenarios a block transfer mode, similar to Rsync, reusing existing data on the target if only a few bytes of a file changed, instead of copying the whole file again.
  • Share-by-share migrations while maintaining the UNC namespace, utilizing Windows® distributed file system (DFS).
  • A real-time synchronization feature reducing the timeframe needed for the cut-over to minutes. You can literally perform the migration during lunch break if needed.
  • An optional comparison report for files, folders and permissions to properly document the success of your migration.
  • ...

Can you guarantee a successful migration?

Yes, we can guarantee you a successful migration using CopyRight2. If we cannot resolve an issue within reasonable time, we can offer you a full refund. We resolve most issues the same day, within a few hours, but in more complicated cases, requiring QA tests, it can take up to 2 days.

Do I get full support for the trial version?

Yes, during trial you will receive the same level of dedicated support our paying customers do receive.

How is CopyRight2 Licensed?

There are 3 types of licenses:
  • The CopyRight2 Standard Edition is licensed per source and target system (server or NAS). Once a license is activated it cannot be moved to another system. Licenses of target systems can be re-used when those systems become the source of the next migration again. Prices include 2 years of warranty, free updates/upgrades and 24/7 support via email, telephone or Cisco WebEx / Zoom / Microsoft Teams. For example, if you want to migrate 2 source systems onto 1 target system, you would need 3 single licenses of CopyRight2 Standard Edition.
  • The CopyRight2 Midrange Edition has a one time fee for up to 50 activations per year and ships with 5 support cases.
  • The CopyRight2 Enterprise Edition has a one time fee for unlimited activations and ships with 10 support cases.

Additional support for the Midrange/Enterprise Editions can be purchased in our online store or from a reseller. Support cases opened because of a product defect, will not be deducted from your remaining incidents.

Are the Add-Ons included?

The product price includes the:
  • Password migration add-on, to migrate user accounts including passwords
  • IIS FTP/HTTP site migration add-on to migrate IIS sites including settings
  • DFSR add-on to setup DFSR (distributed file system replication) with CopyRight2
  • The Azure add-on, to migrate file shares to Azure storage accounts

Where can I buy it?

You can buy CopyRight2 either directly from our web store or by contacting one of our resellers.

CopyRight2 Licensing Models

There are three different perpetual (one time fee) license models available:

  • The CopyRight2 Standard Edition is a node locked license, including unlimited support via telephone, email and chat (Cisco WebEx / Zoom / Microsoft Teams). Once a license for the Standard Edition is activated it cannot be moved to another node. You can re-use the licenses of your current target systems, when those become the source again of a future migration. For that future migration you would then only need additional licenses for the systems not yet having a license. There are single node licenses available as well for that purpose.
  • The CopyRight2 Mid-Range Edition, allowing up to 50 server or NAS activations per year. This license type separates license from support costs and includes 5 support incidents. Server/NAS Activations expire after one year and move back to your pool of licenses, from where you can assign it to the same or different systems again. (*)
  • The CopyRight2 Enterprise Edition, allowing an unlimited number of server or NAS activations. This license type separates license from support costs as well and includes 10 support incidents. (*)
  • All Editions include a corresponding number of client licenses for the Computer and Profile Migration Feature.
(*) Additional support incidents and client licenses for the CopyRight2 Mid-Range and Enterprise Editions can be obtained from our online store or from a reseller as needed. Support incidents opened because of a product defect will not be deducted from your remaining support incidents.


  • Includes 5 support incidents
  • Up to 50 Server/NAS activations for data, Active Directory and IIS migrations per year
  • Up to 1,000 Computer and Profile Migrations
  • Includes all Add-Ons:
    Password Migration
    IIS Migration
    Azure Storage Account Migration
    DFSR Migration
  • Two years of warranty
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  • Unlimited 24/7 support
    (Telephone, Email, Chat)
  • Two Server/NAS activations for data, Active Directory and IIS migrations (Source & Target)
  • Up to 150 Computer and Profile Migrations
  • Includes all Add-Ons:
    Password Migration
    IIS Migration
    Azure Storage Account Migration
    DFSR Migration
  • Two years of warranty
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  • Includes 10 support incidents
  • Unlimited Server/NAS activations for data, Active Directory and IIS migrations
  • Up to 5,000 Computer and Profile Migrations
  • Includes all Add-Ons:
    Password Migration
    IIS Migration
    Azure Storage Account Migration
    DFSR Migration
  • Two years of warranty
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